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  1. #51
    Interesting, In the mail today, was February American Rifleman. It is fitting because of this thread and a couple others on smaller conceal carry sidearms. AR has an article comparing 9 - .380 acp pistols.

    Time to read..

    Later

    Semper Fi

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    Hey skysthelimit: Latest NRA magazine, American Rifleman, reviews the current offerring of 9 small pocket 380 concealed carry firearms. Like most reviews, they tended to really focus positively on the most expensive of the bunch, which happens to be on the heavier side of the 9 guns. Being biased, since I own the Kel Tec P3AT, it ain't pretty but it is the smallest and the lightest (which meant EVERYTHING to me since I do not like "stuff" in my pockets or hanging on my waist); it is also the cheapest( got mine for $240); mine has NEVER misfired, works perfectly and I have had no problems--so taking this review at absolute face value, particularly since you are talking about several hundred dollars for something as personal as a concealed carry firearm, is a little naive. The review, does, however, give you a good summary on 380's (you may still like other calibers) and you should try and see and handle and even possibly fire each of the ones that fit your budget (I'm sure that with a range of over $1000 to as little as $300 there are some you are willing to rule out). Good article--read it as a first step in due diligence

  4. #53

    Options for finding a GOOD fit?

    I saw in one of the posts a shooting range in Gastonia? Is that Shooters Express of is it another place? Do they have any types of handguns to try or what are my options there. I want something small but not to small as called a peashooter! I want something easy to handle and comfortable for a woman. What do your women like? I have only fired many years ago rifles , double barrel shotguns no small handguns. I feel rather green with my questions . Sorry Andrea

  5. #54
    Quote Originally Posted by kelcarry View Post
    Hey skysthelimit: Latest NRA magazine, American Rifleman, reviews the current offerring of 9 small pocket 380 concealed carry firearms. Like most reviews, they tended to really focus positively on the most expensive of the bunch, which happens to be on the heavier side of the 9 guns. Being biased, since I own the Kel Tec P3AT, it ain't pretty but it is the smallest and the lightest (which meant EVERYTHING to me since I do not like "stuff" in my pockets or hanging on my waist); it is also the cheapest( got mine for $240); mine has NEVER misfired, works perfectly and I have had no problems--so taking this review at absolute face value, particularly since you are talking about several hundred dollars for something as personal as a concealed carry firearm, is a little naive. The review, does, however, give you a good summary on 380's (you may still like other calibers) and you should try and see and handle and even possibly fire each of the ones that fit your budget (I'm sure that with a range of over $1000 to as little as $300 there are some you are willing to rule out). Good article--read it as a first step in due diligence
    +1 Good post. Good Article too
    Semper Fi

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    Hey skysthelimit: Saw your last post and let's say you are not interested in the "mousegun" per the NRA article and my last post. They do make 380 cal semi autos in larger sizes. If anything, they tend to be easier to handle and shoot because they are somewhat bigger and heavier. If the real low weight and size are not for you, I would first look at the other 380's (Bersa Thunder comes to mind--a bit larger, a bit heavier, and not terribly expensive). Less than a 380 is truly getting into peashooter range although they can still "hurt".I would definitely start at the lower caliber 380 and work up from there based on what you see and touch and fire and get advice on. From the 380 you move up to the 38 revolver and 9mm semi auto, w hich would be as "big" as I would think you should consider.You will notice the distinct difference in fire control once you move up to a 38 or 9mm but look at the 38 revolver--particularly a longer barrel, slightly heavier model than the snub nose lightweights out there (since that does not seem to be your utmost concern); they offer more "stability" and less recoil for more accurate shooting. Be sure to weigh in on the distinct difference between a semi auto and a revolver. A revolver is simple and straight-forward with very little room for operational error. Anyone who tells you it only has 5 shots unlike a semiauto with many more shots is being a bit biased---if, after 5 shots you still needed more, the odds are that you are already dead--statistics on defensive situations reveal a max of only 3 shots are ever fired. You mention a gunshop---call up any in your area and find out what they sell and whether they permit shooting in various calibers--not necessarily a specific gun. You can zero in on a caliber based on your comfort zone by shooting a 380, a revolver 38, and a 9mm. Hope it helps. Look forward to your eventual decision and any other questions. Many in this forum are more than willing to help. You might want to start a new thread "Newbie Woman Looking for Most Suitable Firearm". Your posts get hidden in this thread.

  7. #56
    Love my 40 cal Glock 27
    Frank
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  8. #57
    I know this thread is a bit old. And I realize this is my first post, coupled with my relatively young age (22) makes me not the most trusted source. However I saw that no one once mentioned the Kahr MK9. From my experience it's been an incredibly reliable pistol. In 2,000 rounds through the little guy I've only had two rounds that failed to fire. I attribute this to being when I first started hand loading and not so much the gun itself. It's a nice tiny gun with a 3" barrel. Very compact and easily concealed.

    Like I said I'm fairly young, but having grown up in Vermont I've been shooting firearms for 12 years, which doesn't compare to most, but gives me some experience. When I first turned 21 and had my handguns legally transferred over to me from my father I originally carred a P226. Which is a great pistol, I would highly recommend anyone in the market for a new pistol to pick one up. Durable, reliable, and consistently accurate. However it is a bit large, and unless you're in an area where a jacket won't smother you to death it leaves a lot to be desired for personal carry. Which led me to grab my Kahr, which I was initially skeptical of. I've never been one for small handguns, it took me a long time to get around to picking up a 9mm because I was born and raised on .45acp (which led me to the .357, .41 magnum, .44 magnum and finally a .454...no .500 yet), so stepping down to a 9mm took some self-convincing. For awhile before picking up my MK9 I carried around an old S&W Compact I inherited, but the design of revolvers makes them a little bit bulkier than auto-loaders.

    So with that said, I'll get down to why I'd suggest trying out a MK9. It's one of the smallest 9mm (or there are .40 variants if I recall) on the market that will fling lead down the range consistently and accurately. I have no issues at 20-25 yards quickly letting lose all 7 rounds. Not all together a great distance, but for a small compact pistol I think that is more than acceptable. And to be honest I don't see a situation requiring me to shoot in self-defense that far. I've already mentioned it's slim and highly concealable. I have fairly large hands and do not find it uncomfortable to shoot and the recoil is more than manageable, but this may be because I've been shooting magnums since I was 13, it's all pretty much reflex now. The pistol is not made of polymer, which I really like, it has a decent heft to it but unloaded is only 21 ounces (or so). The only real downside is that the clip only holds 6 rounds, with 1 in the chamber. They make extended clips, but that really defeats the purpose of a concealed weapon.

    As others have said though, more important that the weapon you choose is the amount of dedication you put into becoming proficient with it. The best handgun in the world won't do you a lick of good if you can't quickly and accurately get off the necessary rounds. Also knowing when and where to use it is of equal importance. I was mugged once by a man with a knife. He was close enough that he had the advantage, so I opted to hand over my wallet instead of risking losing my life because I couldn't draw fast enough. Once he had what he wanted he let me back up, with the distance advantage I drew my weapon and told him to get on the ground. Instead of listening he turn and ran, getting away with my wallet. I could not bring myself to shoot a man who no longer posed a direct threat, let alone someone fleeing. I know this doesn't put me in the best light, or having a concealed weapon permit. However I think it's best to think about these scenario's realistically,

  9. #58
    Quote Originally Posted by daytonaredeye View Post
    Jonathan,

    I am going to chime in here with a different angle of recommendations. I think that if you shop round, you will find several autos as well as revolvers which shoot well and should fit your needs. What I would suggest is that you keep consideration of ammo source/supply in mind while making your choices. I know that in the area where I live (W. Georgia) .45 ACP and some 38 are difficult to come by; .40, on the other hand, seems relatively in abundance. Thus my .40 PT 140 has never gone hungry but the PT1911 .45 ACP had to be weaned off air to FMJ flavors then on to JHPs - but all much slower than his little brother where the .40s are abundant.

    Just food for thought. . .
    I second this. I have a Glock 31 (.357 SIG). It's not exactly a common caliber so I nearly always have to order my ammo. It's not cheap either. So buy the best gun you can affod to shoot. :)

  10. #59
    I have several different types - Kimber SIS Procarry, Glock 17, Ruger 40, 38 Spl Derringer - it depends on the carry situation, weather etc. Besides, having your choice keeps it interesting! Choose reliable and caliber first, then practice, practice, practice!

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    +1 for a Glock of any kind...shoot them all and see which one you can control/shoot/conceal the best
    Never had to use my gun, never want to use my gun, will not hesitate to use my gun.

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